"Gourmet Club" follows a doctor who belongs to a small but exclusive gourmet club, in which the five upper-class members take turns providing the main course, wagering as to who can ...
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"Gourmet Club" follows a doctor who belongs to a small but exclusive gourmet club, in which the five upper-class members take turns providing the main course, wagering as to who can identify a mystery exotic ingredient. Things get interesting when the doctor's gambling problem catches up with him. Desperate, he comes up with the idea to use a truly shocking mystery ingredient to fool his colleagues, but he gets more than he bargained for when the mystery meal has a surprising and powerful effect on the members. Written by
A charmingly clever story that is reminiscent of an old Hitchcock teleplay and has a hint of the more recent "The Freshman". Delightful in all aspects, "Gourmet Club" humorously and without overstating its case illustrates that there are both good and bad outcomes when we over-value money and what it can bring us. On a more personal note, I have always believed that bankers in general are far more perniciously greedy than lawyers--"Gourmet Club" validates my point of view. The movie is quietly well acted by an appealing Finnish cast with a dash of spice in the person of American actor Michael Badalucca. The story does twist and turn its way throughout, however, like a beginner's roller coaster, the dips are not deep enough to make the viewers lose their meal, and the turns surprise pleasantly, not with gut-wrenching violence. The plot unreels with no bravura performances, no astounding special effects--a simple story, well told. "Gourmet Club", like a good meal, is served to the audience unhurriedly and satisfies because it accomplishes all it sets out for--our expectations are tastefully met.
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